Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller suffered an ugly-looking knee dislocation in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but according to an ESPN report, the reality is even uglier. The network reports that a "regular dislocation" would be considered "serious," but sources tell the network's Chris Mortensen the 33-year-old experienced something worse after landing weirdly on his leg after jumping to make a catch (video here): a damaged artery in the leg.
Those NFL and team sources say vascular surgeons operated on Miller Sunday night "in an effort to save his injured left leg," as ESPN puts it. Tissue was reportedly grafted from the right leg. The Chicago Tribune quotes Bears right guard Kyle Long as saying of the injury, "It's brutal, gruesome. I didn't watch it after I saw it the first time." Deadspin notes such an injury wouldn't be unprecedented in the league: Raiders running back Napoleon McCallum suffered a career-ending dislocation that damaged an artery during a 1994 game. (Read more Chicago Bears stories.)